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- Extensive and varied intermediate pistes, plus excellent off-piste
- Good nursery slopes
- High and fairly snow-sure
- Wide choice of resort villages: ~high or low, convenient or cute
- Wooded runs of lower satellite resorts are great in poor weather
- Cable car link to Les Arcs
- Few steep pistes
- Still lots of slow old chairlifts
- Serious high season queues
- Pistes get very crowded in places
- Lower villages can have poor snow, especially sunny Champagny
- Brutal architecture in some villages
- No long green runs
- Upscale accommodation still rare
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Mark Jennings 15 May 2008
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Alistair Bell 14 Apr 2008
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With 225km of its own slopes, of which almost 80% are blue or red, La Plagne is an intermediate’s paradise, even if you don’t use the link to Les Arcs. For experts, it has the attraction that the huge area of off-piste doesn’t get skied out too quickly. But the shortage of challenging pistes is a definite drawback, and it’s sad to note that two of the most rewarding black pistes (dropping 800m vertical from the glacier) were wiped from the map three seasons ago.
Plagne-Bellecôte, effectively the hub of the lift and piste network, has had serious lift queues as long as we can remember; when snow is poor lower down, so has the Bellecôte gondola to (and from) the glacier. A solution to these problems is way overdue, but there is no sign of one. At least the resort is starting to sort the dire shopping malls of Plagne-Centre.
News – this season 2012/13
The Biolley sector is being revamped, with a six-pack replacing the Becoin chair, the Biolley chair and three drags. The pistes will be heavily modified, but details are not known. Phase two of the Plagne-Centre renovation project will be completed. And a new beginner zone is being built at the base.
News – last season 2011/12
A six-pack replaced the slow Verdons Sud chair from Champagny to Les Verdons above Plagne-Centre.
A three-year project to renovate the shopping malls in Plagne-Centre began. A new swimming pool and spa complex opened in Montchavin.
News – 2010/11
A new black piste linked Col de la Chiaupe, at the bottom of the glacier area, to Les Bauches.
The Les Coches-Montchavin blue run was made easier.